Thursday Free Day
Posted on June 8th, 2012

What an incredibly busy, but fun day!  We got to celebrate Angelica's 18th birthday at a great little pizza place in Canon City.  Canon City where I began my ministry, so it's always fun to share the city with our group.  We decided to spend our day in the Colorado Springs area.  Garden of the Gods is so beautiful and definitely worth the trip if you are ever in the area.  Pictures can't do it justice, but I'll include some anyway.  Everyone had a great time climbing on the rock formations and running around.  We spent our afternoon in Manitou Springs.  It's a beautiful interesting little down on the edge of the Springs.  Think Venice Beach in the mountains.  It's a fun quirky place to visit.  We have one more full day left in Colorado and I'm sure we'll make the most of it. 
Below is Thursday's devotion. 

All the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven performers.  We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves but because we trust that God is sure of us.
                            - Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience In The Same Direction

Before you start this morning, take a couple of minutes to sit quietly and just look around and then pray that God will teach you something about Him and yourself today.  As you read, underline anything that jumps out to you and put a question mark by anything that doesn’t make sense. 

What’s most scary about change for you?  For me, it’s the unknown.  When I hear the word “change,” the word “security” doesn’t immediately come to mind.  I like to think that I approach life as an adventure, but honestly I like knowing what to expect.  I like to know how the story ends just to make sure that it’s worth sitting through.  What if it doesn't end the way I want it to?  What if it’s a huge waste of my time?  What if it’s a sad ending?  But honestly, life without surprises can get pretty boring.  Sometimes I envy my boys.  Aiden, and Paulie a few years ago, can’t swim but he has no problem jumping in the pool if I say I’ll catch him. 

What if life could be an adventure and still be secure?  What would it be like to just jump and trust that God will catch you?   
Read John 6:1-15, 25-35

What initially jumps out to you in this story?
What do you think Jesus wanted his disciples to learn from this event?  What does He want you to learn from this story?
Who are you most like in this story?  Why?
Are there any problems in your life that seem to have no solutions?  What are they?
What would it be like to let God take complete control of your life?  Would it look any differently?  How? 

I think that doubts are a normal part of life and I think that sometimes we feel guilty in those moments when we are having trouble believing.  It’s as if we think that  God will be offended or be mad at us for questioning him.  Sometimes it’s tough to see how God can bring us through something and use our experience for his glory.  Sometimes it’s just tough to see God at work around us, at work in us.  The Bible is full of stories about people who had questions and for whom God provided answers.  God is big enough to handle our doubts.   Use today’s journal page to write a letter to God asking Him your questions and sharing your doubts with Him.  Pray that He will speak to you and answer your questions, like He’s done for so many throughout history!

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Tyler - June 10th, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Hey, Paul you got some nice pictures of the group.
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